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BBB - RAINBOW BEACH AND SURROUNDS
Beach Stone Curlew at Inskip Point
AUSTRALIAN BIRDING SAFARIS – BRISBANE BIRDING BREAKS
NAME – RAINBOW BEACH AND SURROUNDS
AND DURATION – 5
DAYS – Brisbane – Gympie - Tin Can Bay – Rainbow Beach –Maryborough - Brisbane
/S OF DEPARTURE –
AND INCLUSIONS –
M - Day #1 – Brisbane to Tin Can Bay
Depart Brisbane Transit Centre at 8-30am bound for Tin
Can Bay. We will take some time for birding enroute, visiting a range of sites.
The first will be a series of wetlands near Gympie. The
first ponds we visit are ‘very suburban’ however there are a good range of
species and especially interesting are the breeding locals such as Cattle
Egret, Plumed Egret, White Ibis and Little Pied Cormorant. Local rarities such
as Freckled Duck has been recorded from time to time. There will be a range of bush birds in
flowering trees within the park as well. We may also visit another series of
ponds to the north of Gympie especially if Cotton Pygmy Goose has been recorded
Heathland at Cooloola
We will have a picnic lunch at Gympie before driving east
to the small town of Tin Can Bay.
T - Day
#2 – Cooloola NP
Today we will have a very early start and drive into
Cooloola National Park to try to find some special species that inhabit the
heath lands; Ground Parrot, Southern Emu Wren, Tawny Grassbird, Brown Songlark,
King Quail. White cheeked Honeyeaters are common here and there are often Fairy
and Tree Martins in addition to Welcome Swallows and soaring White throated
After a picnic Lunch overlooking Tin Can Bay we will bird
a few sites in and around the town enjoying the birds plus a few wildflowers.
W - Day
#3 – Rainbow Beach
We will drive to Rainbow Beach and specifically Inskip
Point where we will look for both waders and bush birds. This was once a good
location for Black breasted Button quail however they have not been recorded
recently. We will search for their platelets and thus see if there has been any
birds active recently.
This is a good location for waders and there is the possibility
for Sanderling, Red necked Stints, Red capped Plovers among others. Beach Stone
Curlews should be recorded here. Expect, too, a reasonable variety of terns.
Carlos Point and Carlos Blow will be visited.
Carlos Point records a good variety of honeyeaters;
Brown, White throated, Blue faced, Mangrove in addition to Noisy and Little
Friarbirds. Fuscous and Regent Honeyeaters have been recorded here also but
they must be considered rare.
Australian Humpback Dolphins
#4 – Tin Can Bay to Maryborough
Breakfast with feeding the dolphins
To Maryborough via the Sandy Straits concentrating on waders and mangrove species.
Day #5 – Maryborough to Brisbane
From Maryborough we will bird some sites west of there before heading back to Brisbane after lunch.